Indeed, when Philips launched Hue and I brought home my starter kit, it was greeted with the somewhat lacking enthusiasm and cynicism that I expected; after all, what is wrong with the light switches we have on the wall? Well it wasn’t long before Hue became accepted as a full member of the family, providing wake-up-with-light routines, away from home security and even helping to teach our children their colours.
Since then, Philips Hue has gradually helped our family home become ‘smarter and smarter’ through sensors, switches and most recently voice control with the arrival of Alexa via Amazon Echo. Has all of this helped us achieve a feng shui house free of chaos?...of course not. But to enter a room hands-full unable to hit the light switch, to be greeted anyway by light thanks to a Hue motion sensor, which means you can avoid falling over the days obstacle course of toys…and that same sensor when activated during the night to trigger the lights at a dimmed level to guide children to the bathroom – now that IS smart!